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Manila Mayor Honey, City Ad Ang, welcome Fuzhou Delegation, forge agreement

Fuzhou Delegation
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna (seated, third from right) and City Administrator Bernie Ang sandwich Lin Bao Jin of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Fuzhou Municipal Committee, in whose honor a lunch reception was held at the Century Seafood Restaurant in Century Park Hotel. Also in photo are (Lacuna's left) Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian and (standing, from right)Manila Chinatown Development Council (MCDC) coordinator Anna Sy; Manila Councilor Numero Lim; Manila-China Affairs Coordinating Office (MCACO) Secretary Jenny Wang; FSupt. Christine Cula, Manila Bureau of Fire Marshal; Ati Co, coordinator and liaison officer of the Manila-China Affairs Coordinating Office (MCACO);Willord Chua, Executive Director of the Manila Chinatown Development Council (MCDC); Owen So, MCDC officer and barangay chairman Jefferson Lau, among others. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE city government of Manila, led by Mayor Honey Lacuna and City Administrator Bernie Ang, welcomed a delegation from Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China, with the end in view of forging a cooperation agreement between the two cities.

Headed by Lin Bao Jin, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Fuzhou Municipal Committee, the delegation also included Huang Jianxiong, Vice Mayor of Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government and Wu Yongzhong, Mayor of Fuqing City.

They were welcomed upon arrival, apart from Lacuna and Ang, by Yu Huahong, chairman of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; Lin Weizhao, President of the Philippine Fuzhou Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Huang Liyun, President of the Philippine Fuzhou Association , Inc.; Willord Chua, Executive Director of the Manila Chinatown Development Council (MCDC); Ati Co, coordinator and liaison officer of the Manila-China Affairs Coordinating Office (MCACO); Owen So, MCDC officer; MCACO coordinator Anna Sy and Secretary Jenny Wang; Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila (DTCAM) chief Charlie Dungo and the mayor’s chief of staff, Joshue Santiago.

The group paid Mayor Lacuna a courtesy visit in Manila City Hall where she and Lin signed the cooperation agreement between Manila and Fuzhou.

The said agreement aims to fosters continuing friendly relations between their respective cities, while encouraging the exchange and strengthening of ties in the aspects of culture, education and economy, among others.

The visit was followed by a luncheon-reception at the Century Seafood Restaurant in Century Park Hotel which was hosted by the city government of Manila.

In her short message, the lady mayor welcomed the delegation and expressed assurance that both cities will mutually benefit from the cooperation agreement that she and Lin signed.

She cited the importance that the local government of Manila gives to its brothers and sisters of Chinese descent, citing their contribution to the city’s rich history and progress over the years.

During the height of the pandemic, Lacuna said that the Chinese-Filipinos and even the China government, extended much-needed support to Manila government and its residents.

In fact, the city of Manila, through the efforts of then Secretary to the Mayor Bernie Ang, was the only local government in the country that was allowed to directly purchase 400,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines.

This, according to the mayor, helped the city ramp up its vaccination efforts so that Manila led in achieving population immunity then.

Manila is also host to the biggest Chinatown district in the world, she said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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